THE MAIN EVENT

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INSIDE/OUT by Patrick Keating. Produced by Neworld Theatre in association with Main Street Theatre and Urban Crawl. February 3 - 6, 2016 at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Tickets: tickets.shadboltcentre.com

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INSIDE/OUT by Patrick Keating. In association with Neworld Theatre, Main Street Theatre and Urban Crawl. April 2 - 12, 2015 (Preview April 1). Tickets: brownpapertickets.com

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Little Mountain Gallery & Main Street Theatre present THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon. HELD OVER to Dec. 10, 2013 (no show Dec. 2 or 9). 7:30 PM (Doors @ 7:00). Little Mountain Gallery. Directed by Stephen Malloy. Starring Ryan Beil and Mike Wasko. With Lindsey Angell, Josh Drebit, Kyle Jespersen, Sebastian Kroon, Michael P. Northey, and Melanie Reich.

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Come join Main Street Theatre for a staged reading of Alex Lazardis Ferguson's new play PROXIMITY. Sat. May 11 at 8:00 PM (Doors @ 7:30). ADMISSION BY DONATION.

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Main Street Theatre presents a staged reading of HOME ALONE the classic holiday movie! Thurs. Dec. 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM (doors open at 9). Tickets by donation.

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Main Street Theatre presents... IT'S ABOUT TIME by Patrick Keating. Sun. Nov. 25 at 8 PM. Little Mountain Gallery. Also featuring: a curtain warmer by Charles Demers. Tickets by donation. For reservations call: (604) 992-2313.

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event image Congratulations to Sasa Brown who has been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award for her Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Main Street Theatre's Endgame! Visit the Jessies.

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The Vancouver Courier spotlighted Main Street Theatre in their best of 2012: "Main Street Theatre squeezed us all into its tiny venue for a real treat in April. Directed by Stephen Malloy, this scrappy young company produced Endgame with ash-covered Nagg (Daryl King) and Nell (Sasa Brown) imprisoned in trashcans by their son Hamm (Josh Drebit). At his beck and call was Ryan Beil as Clov. Known for productions of David Mamet's plays, this small company proved once again its versatility and virtuosity with Beckett's apocalyptic tale. Read more: Vancouver Courier

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FunFunFun Vancouver says "everything...about this production was simply brilliant. The staging was phenomenal, and the acting was just incredible."

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The Vancouver Sun says that we're "Shaking it up: Samuel Beckett’s classic Endgame highlights Tremors theatre festival".

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The Province picks Main Street's Endgame as one of the top Top 10 shows to see this spring. "This staging of Samuel Beckett’s play is the latest from the punching-above-its weight Main Street Theatre Company". Read it on The Province.

Main Street Theatre's Endgame part of Vancouver's 2012 Tremors Festival! Visit Tremors at Rumble.

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"Terrific play. Terrific production". Read reviews of True West

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Thanks to everyone who supported us at our Halloween Party/Fundraiser! The STAR CAPTAINS played and Red Truck beer and Barefoot wine was served. Best costume prize went to Mike Wasko!
See our Party Photos

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event imageJosh Drebit, Daryl King and Ryan Beil accept Jessie Richardson awards on behalf of Stephen Malloy (Best Director) and Barbara Pollard (Best Supporting Actress) for Main Street's Production of A Lie of the Mind. (Photograph by: Thor-Sten 2011) Visit the Jessies website

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event imageThe Jessie Richardson Awards committee applauds Main Street Theatre's production of A Lie of the Mind with 6 award nominations including Best Director, 4 Best Performances and Best Production! Visit the Jessies website

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Peter Birnie, Theatre critic for the Vancouver Sun writes about Main Street Theatre's production of A Lie of the Mind, "Stephen Malloy directs a strong cast who, to a man and woman, understand that this masterpiece of manipulation sneaks its subtle ideas into our subconscious by shouting them out." Read review

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Andrea Rabinovitch reviews for The Vancouver Observer "...an evening of theatre that is compelling, entertaining and hip...like a partnered dance that flows between scenes nailing the humour and the pathos in equal measure...a truly excellent event." Read review

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"Main Street Equity Co-op has done it again...Wouldn’t it be great if the Main Street gang could give us an entire season of Shepard and Mamet rather than just one a year?  But let’s not get greedy." Continue to read Jerry Wasserman's (vancouverplays.com) review of Lie of the Mind.

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"Fine direction, strong performances...once the actor has grasped the character, he or she can just let it rip. And rip they do." Read Jo Ledingham's (Vancouver Courier) review

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We boxed for your money!!! The card was full and there were three bouts. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support! "The only way to teach these people, is to punch them..." Click here to see live event photos by Emily Cooper.

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Main Street Theatre Fight Night/Fundraiser/Extravaganza!!!!! Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.Doors @ 7:30 and the fights start @ 9:00pm! We are boxing for your money!!! The card is full and there are three bouts: Josh "The Hebrew Hammer" Drebit Vs. Charlie "Norris" Gallant; Ian "The Butcher" Butcher Vs. Andrew "What's My Name" McNee; AND THE MAIN EVENT: Daryl "The Animal Mother" King Vs. Ryan "The Teen Burger" Beil. It's going to be a great party. Boxing, Red Truck Beer, Bearflag vino and THE STAR CAPTAINS! THE STAR CAPTAINS will play when the fights are done. Door is by donation. Funds go toward our upcoming production of A LIE OF THE MIND November 19th-December 4th @ Little Mtn Gallery.

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event imageMain Street Theatre's American Buffalo is nominated for three 2010 Jessie Richardson Awards: Best Production; Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Ryan Beil); Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Daryl King).

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American Buffalo: Main Street Theatre's sold-out benefit show for Haiti raises $1100! The money donated by our supporters was matched by the Federal Government of Canada.

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event imageMain Street Theatre's Glengarry Glen Ross is nominated for two 2009 Jessie Richardson Awards! One for Best Production. The other for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor - Alex Ferguson for Ricky Roma.

Main Street Theatre: History

 

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(L-R) Main Street Theatre Co-Artistic Directors Ryan Beil, Stephen Malloy,
Josh Drebit
and Daryl King.

In August of 2008 Daryl King approached Ryan Beil about mounting some kind of independent theatrical production during the fall of that year.

It should be contemporary. It should be a classic. It should be complicated. It should be challenging to stage.

Over beers in a crowded Kitsilano pub, ideas were bandied about: it should be contemporary. It should be a classic. It should be complicated. It should be challenging to stage. But above all else, it should be a good fucking script with killer fucking parts that they've always wanted to play. With a couple of pints behind them, they settled on David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. It was also decided that the production would be staged at Little Mountain Studios, an art gallery at 26th and Main on Vancouver's East Side. Perhaps it was an arbitrary decision at the time: in a venue-strapped city, you go where you can go. With what's available. With what's affordable. But the company would become so creatively attached to Little Mountain's intimacy and location that they found the inspiration for the company's name: Main Street Theatre.  

With a sold out run, and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Nominations (Best Production and Best Supporting Actor, Alex Ferguson) Main Street Theatre landed firmly on the map of the Vancouver Theatre scene.

In the following weeks Daryl and Ryan's idea grew from an ambitious conversation to a concrete plan, with the addition of Josh Drebit and Stephen Malloy to the Creative/Production Team. All four artists shared the same drive to collaborate on a fantastic play and present it to the community. A team of talented actors stepped up, and took a chance on the fledgling theatre company, agreeing to be in the show for no money, in a shoebox with no central heating. Bill Dow, Alex Ferguson, Ian Butcher, Michael P. Northy, and Patrick Keating joined Ryan, Josh, and Daryl to fill out the cast, with Stephen directing and designing. The Main Street Theatre Equity Co-op was born!

The show that started out as a gamble turned out to be a huge success. With a sold out run, and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Nominations (Best Production and Best Supporting Actor, Alex Ferguson) Main Street Theatre landed firmly on the map of the Vancouver theatre scene.

Apparently, when irons are hot, you strike them quickly, before they have a chance to cool down.

But what was most exciting to the group was the cultivation of an eclectic and hungry audience that filled the rickety seats of Little Mountain Studios night after night. Apparently, when irons are hot, you strike them quickly, before they have a chance to cool down. Bearing that in mind, Josh, Ryan, Stephen and Daryl worked toward mounting a second production, back in Little Mountain Studios, the following year. Not yet done with David Mamet, American Buffalo was chosen. There were fewer parts to play (Buffalo is a three hander) and fewer seats to sell. Stephen Malloy, who designed both Glengarry and Buffalo, set the show in the tiny storefront portion of Little Mountain. It was a smaller production than the company's first, but it packed the same devastating punch.  

Under Malloy's direction, the show turned into another sold out success, cementing Main Street Theatre as a permanent fixture in Vancouver's theatre community. With a commitment to producing the best plays possible on a regular basis, in super intimate environments, the company humbly submits its name to the pile of things to see and do while in Vancouver, BC. Please continue to enjoy our work, and thank you for your interest.